WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — President Donald Trump is welcoming musicians including Kid Rock and country star John Rich to the White House as he signs legislation overhauling the way music is licensed and songwriters are compensated.
Trump signed the Orrin B. Hatch Music Modernization Act on Thursday. The bill won wide bipartisan support in the House and Senate and is backed by the music industry. It’s named after the retiring Utah senator, who is also a musician.
Also joining the president were Mike Love of the Beach Boys, singer Sam Moore and the Christian group MercyMe.
The legislation creates a new independent entity that will license songs to companies that play music online.
The nonprofit collective will then pay songwriters, including those who wrote pre-1970s classics before music copyrights protected their work.
Kid Rock played Gexa Energy Pavilion three and a half years ago, disappointing fans by losing his voice during the show.